Jadeveon Clowney probably isn’t a happy camper.
The Texans pass rusher failed to agree to a new deal with his team before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. He’ll play 2019 with a franchise tag and is expected skip a “good portion” of training camp as a result, according to a report from ESPN.
He could be out as late as early September.
Texans and franchised DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney officially did not reach a long-term deal before today’s 4 pm ET deadline. He now is expected to miss a good portion of training camp. Next time Texans see Clowney could be late August or early September.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019
Clowney, 26, has spent his entire career with the Texans after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. The All-Pro defender has logged 29 career sacks en route to three consecutive Pro Bowl selections.
But, now he’s missing out on a major payday, unlike other franchise tagged players like San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett, who both inked four-year deals Monday.
Houston was a middle-of-the-road team in terms of sacks last season but gave up the fourth-fewest point per game (19.8). If Clowney misses significant time it could hurt the Texans’ chances of defending their AFC South title, which they won with an 11-5 record last season.